Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

Root beer gives these slow cooked pork sandwiches rich color and pleasant sweetness.

Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce
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Makes:
8 servings
Prep:
15 mins
Cook:
8 hrs to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 (high)
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Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

Ingredients
1
2 1/2 pound pork sirloin roast
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
tablespoon cooking oil
2
medium onions, cut into thin wedges
1
cup root beer*
6
cloves garlic, minced
3
cups root beer (two 12-ounce cans or bottles)*
1
cup bottled chili sauce
1/4
teaspoon root beer concentrate (optional)
 
several dashes bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)
8
hamburger buns, split (and toasted, if desired)
 
Lettuce leaves (optional)
 
Tomato slices (optional)

Directions

  1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut roast to fit into a 3-1/2- to 5-quart crockery cooker. Sprinkle meat with the salt and pepper. In a large skillet brown meat on all sides in hot oil. Drain off fat. Transfer meat to cooker. Add onions, the 1 cup root beer, and garlic.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan combine the 3 cups of root beer and the chili sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 2 cups. Add root beer concentrate and bottled hot pepper sauce, if desired.
  4. Transfer roast to a cutting board or serving platter. Using a slotted spoon, remove onions from cooking juices and place on serving platter. Discard juices. Using 2 forks, pull meat apart into shreds. To serve, line buns with lettuce leaves and tomato slices, if desired. Add meat and onions; spoon on sauce. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Do not substitute with diet root beer.

Nutrition Facts

(Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce)
    Per serving:
  • 356 kcal cal.,
  • 10 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 59 mg chol.,
  • 786 mg sodium,
  • 44 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 22 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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